feel

verb
\ ˈfēl How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt How to pronounce feel (audio) \; feeling

Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.
b : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles) He felt a sudden pain in his leg.
2a : to undergo passive experience of continually felt the resentment of his competitors
b : to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by felt the insult deeply
3 : to ascertain by cautious trial usually used with out feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements
4a : to be aware of by instinct or inference feel trouble brewing
b : believe, think say what you really feel
5 US slang : to understand (someone) : to know how (someone) feels Yeah, I feel you on that. I fall asleep every time I'm in the car as well.— Scott Sugarman When you buckle your chinstrap up, it's with a purpose, dog! Do you feel me?— Eric Berry

intransitive verb

1a : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation lost the ability to feel in his fingertips
b : to search for something by using the sense of touch She felt in her purse for her keys.
2a : to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition I feel sick.
b : to have a marked sentiment or opinion feels strongly about it
3 : seem it feels like spring today
4 : to have sympathy or pity I feel for you
feel like
: to have an inclination for feel like a walk?

feel

noun

Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the sense of touch
3a : the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch
b : typical or peculiar quality or atmosphere also : an awareness of such a quality or atmosphere
4 : intuitive knowledge or ability

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Synonyms for feel

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of feel in a Sentence

Verb He felt a sudden pain in his leg. I could feel the warmth of the sun. I felt someone tap my shoulder. Do you feel a draft? She felt the fabric to see if it was wool. Your ribs are bruised, but I don't feel any broken bones. Noun the feel of old leather Although the table is brand-new, it has the look and feel of an antique. He liked the feel of the sun on his face.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some things were mentioned as feeling good in their current state as kind of the bar for how other things should feel. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 5 June 2021 After wildfire threats and extremely hot temperatures across the Pacific Northwest – also threatened by historic drought – the Cascades region will feel some relief as a couple of Pacific disturbances pass overhead. Julia Musto, Fox News, 5 June 2021 Andsome Black parents and those who advocate for them feel their desires are being drowned out of the discussion. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 Life at home may feel stressful today due to issues in a romantic relationship or with your close friends. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 Or figuring out just opening discussions about how the Africatown experience should look and feel for tourists. al, 4 June 2021 Hopefully, the technology will continue to develop, and anyone who wants to buy one should feel free to do so. Brad Polumbo, National Review, 4 June 2021 There are many pressures and reasons why people should never feel obliged to come out. Nolan Feeney, Billboard, 4 June 2021 Burying a replica for months or burning it with vinegar might give a perfectly new mask the look and feel of an antique. Nafeesah Allen, House Beautiful, 2 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The drawing had the festive feel of a game show, with a lottery wheel and shimmering gold curtains in the background. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 Chen flattens dough circles using a small copper roller (some people use wood, but Chen likes the weight and feel of the copper), then Shen purses the dough. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 The combination of a warm bed of organ and the artist’s gently plaintive vocal gives the feel of a prayer offered up in private. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 Many regulations on the look and feel of new construction in Salt Lake City’s eastern foothills could be preempted by the shift. The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2021 The property is adjacent to historic cattle ranches that preserve the rural feel of the old west. Carrie Coolidge, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Though de Vries credits McGregor and Kidman's vocal performances for guiding the ultimate feel of the track. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 1 June 2021 The Tide had five hits and four big runs in the fourth to change the feel of a game that wasn’t trending the right way for the home team. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 28 May 2021 The game that day against Colorado has been shifted from 7:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. to give it the feel of a season opener. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of feel

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feel

Verb and Noun

Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; akin to Old High German fuolen to feel, Latin palpare to caress

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The first known use of feel was before the 12th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Feel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feel. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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feel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)
: to touch (something) with your fingers to see what it is like
: to find (something) by touching with your fingers

feel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it
: a particular quality
: an understanding of something

feel

verb
\ ˈfēl How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt \; feeling

Kids Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be aware of through physical contact feel cold
2 : to examine or search for by touching The doctor felt for broken bones.
3 : to be conscious of He felt a fear of the dark.
4 : to seem especially to the touch This cloth feels like silk.
5 : to sense a physical, mental, or emotional state felt sick felt confused and angry
6 : to have sympathy I feel for you.
7 : believe sense 4, think Say what you feel.
feel like
: to have an urge or desire to Do you feel like taking a walk?

feel

noun

Kids Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sensation sense 2, feeling He likes the feel of the sun on his skin.
2 : the quality of something as learned through or as if through touch The sweater had a scratchy feel to it.

feel

verb
\ ˈfē(ə)l How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt How to pronounce feel (audio) \; feeling

Medical Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality felt the compress to see if it was wet
2 : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)

intransitive verb

1 : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation
2 : to search for something by using the sense of touch

feel

noun

Medical Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the sense of touch

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